A big THANK YOU to writer Carlene Love Flores, author of Sidewalk Flower (coming in January 2013 from Evernight), for inviting me to participate in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. You can click on over to Carlene's blog where she will answer the same ten questions about her fantastic book in progress, Sin's Flower, that I will be answering about my work in progress.
The Next Big Thing was started by blogger She Writes to help authors promote their current work in progress by answering ten questions and then “tagging” a few other women writers inviting them to share the status of their own current works in progress. My answers are below, followed by links to the writer friends I’ve “tagged” for The Next Big Thing.
1. What is the working title of your book? Right now, "Intoxicating Spirit"
2. Where did the idea for your book come from? In a unique, round about way. I needed a free-read 500 word or less ghost, short story for my wonderful group, Waterworld Mermaids in October. I had no idea what to write until one of my mermaid sisters suggested using one of my minor characters from my book, "Wanted: One Ghost" which is coming out, June 2013 with Crescent Moon Press. I liked my free-read character, Millie Taylor so much--and the story, that I had a great idea to start a sequel with November's, NaNoWriMo program.
3. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A two hundred year old tavern maid is brought to life in 2012 and falls in love with the local police officer who saw her as a ghost. But is their love short lived when the tavern Millie's been a part of for two centuries is destined to be demolished? (I guess that's two sentences. Oh, well.)
4. What genre does your book fall under? Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
5. What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? When I started the idea it was before he became People's Sexiest Man, Channing Tatum as Sean Lightfoot. As far as Millie Taylor, either Amy Smart or perhaps Scarlet Johannson.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Planning to submit it for a sequel to "Wanted: One Ghost" to Crescent Moon Press. I can only hope.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Thirty days, give or take a few. I did most of it with 2012 NaNoWriMo competition and became a winner again! (I did NaNo back in 2010 for Wanted: One Ghost--only fitting I would do so again.)
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I was honored during a pitch session with Wanted:One Ghost back a few years ago to have it compared to Jude Deveraux's, "A Knight in Shining Armor" (one of my favorite books ever). This one, not sure yet and not sure I would put it up against any other. It's definitely an honor when people can place it--but I can't because I feel every book is unique, no matter who writes it. I can't give myself credit to think that I'm up there to be compared to the wonderful authors who've paved the way.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book? My theme is based on fate. Fate drives us all in the direction that we are supposed to be...sometimes against our better judgement. In this case, as I said early in question #2 my mermaid sisters had a pretty big influence in this step...but it was my Muse at 2 a.m. one Saturday morning in September that drove the plot and premise. The characters just take over.
10. What else about your book might pique readers interest? I write a lot about paranormal/metaphysics and ideas that may or may not hold scientific ideals for those who study and believe strongly in these issues. My books are about 'what if...' fiction and putting two people together at great odds. They are light, fun reads. Don't try to over-analyze.